Date and Shallot Rosemary Chicken

So Laura and I went out the other night with a bunch of girls. A girls night, if you must. We needed to dance. You know, do the usual Friday night cliche act. Get hammered, dance like idiots, sometimes on bars, then stumble our way to a cab and hope we still have our credit card on hand. Well, none of that happened. I was the DD. And none of my friends are that much of a mess. That was a lie.

It was at least fun. I got to watch drunk people try to dance and try to creep. Never a bad thing to witness. Dudes trying to dance on girls is hilarious. Hip thrusting is never sexy. But I guess drunk b*tches don’t know the difference between dancing and humping. So hump on, drunk men and women. Hump on. You entertain me while sober at the bar.

I ended the night by leaving early and eating a couple almond butter stuffed dates. It was stupid delicious. That’s my kind of late night drunk eating. Minus the being drunk part.

I successfully finished a wod today with muscle ups, without even shedding a tear. NBD. No, it’s actually a big deal. As soon as Jason told me I would be doing a wod with muscle ups in it, my heart sank. Doing muscle ups is heart breaking to me. Legit heart breaking. It must have been my PaleOMG black tank that pushed me through the wod. Must have been. Did you know you can buy these sweet ass tanks?! YES YOU CAN!! Just click that link!

My tennis shoes smell so inappropriate.


Date and Shallot Rosemary Chicken

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 57 medjool dates, pitted and diced
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 23 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pull out a large glass baking dish and place chicken in it.
  3. Top chicken off with your sliced shallots and dates.
  4. Now pull the rosemary off one of the sprigs and toss over the chicken, then place the remaining 2 rosemary sprigs around the chicken.
  5. Finish the chicken off by pouring over olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider vinegar and topping it off with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. No pink please.
  7. Consume.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


118 thoughts on “Date and Shallot Rosemary Chicken”

  1. Looks simple, delicious and yummy…gonna have to put it on my list of things to do this weekend! Already ordered my black tank…just anxiously awaiting its arrival so that I can be a badass in my WOD’s too! Yeah, that’s what it is… just lacking the black paleomg tank…once I get that, there’ll be no stopping me! 🙂 (should this actually work… you’ll definitely need to produce them in EVERY color!)

  2. This looks amazing! I’ve been out of town this week so haven’t been able to cook. Loved the cooking video, and the dancing. That’s exactly what I do when I’m in the kitchen, my kids get excited and dance with me, it’s awesome.
    Came home to my black tank, which arrived in the mail yesterday. One black, one white, I’m so LEGIT!!
    Dance on JB, dance on!!

  3. Just got my Chameleon Cold Brew in the mail and had it with breakfast this morning – i love it! Thanks for the tip, your hilarious posts, and your great recipes!!!

  4. I’ve been roasting chicken thighs with dates and olives at least 6 times over the past 2 weeks! How awesome are the dates are being baked?! So sticky and caramelized. Now baking them and dipping them in almond butter would be my kind of 3am drunk snack.

    1. You should definitely try this one Shara. And ummmmm I HAVE to do muscle ups if i’m going to keep up with you! Btw, miss seeing you guys. Hope you are feeling back to normal and ready to go for the open!

      1. What Shara said – Muscle Ups are for total badasses. All of you ladies have me gazing with stars in my eyes. *My Hero* 🙂 YUM FOR CHICKEN WITH DATES! Dates agree with me much more than baked figs 😀 Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  5. Making this today or tomorrow 🙂 thanks for teahing me how to cook! ps. I probably should name my blog danielle&juli (like juli&julia) lol. Unrelated, how long did it take you to get muscle ups?? I am not even close!

    1. Lol I need to start reading your blog more Danielle. AND we need to start cooking together. We are kind of the same person. Remember when we had spanish class together lol? Hilarious. I got my first muscle up probably 2 or 3 months into CrossFit but I started practicing almost right away and tried every day…failed every day…and still tend to fail nowadays as well. Eff those bitches

      1. lol remember when I told you triste meant thirsty and Sr. Yanz almost didn’t let you go get a drink of water? hahaha, that man did not like me! I want to be you. I almost got one today!!! I got my weight forward for the first time. Yayyy!!! And it’s okay… my blog is not nearly as comical as yours. I am working on it haha.

        1. That’s freaking awesome Danielle!! I’ll come to golden soon and wod with you! It’s always helpful to get a girls perspective on muscle ups compared to a guys. My amazing friend Jaelyn has helped me literally just by being an inspirational female. No joke

  6. Seriously, why did I just discover your blog now…I have so much cooking to do to catch up since every single one of your recipes looks amazing, I’m making this one next week for sure!

  7. Hi Juli! I just discovred your blog about two weeks ago and I love it! I always look forward to your posts. I’ve printed a ton of your recipes and can’t wait to try them. As a mom of 3, married, with a hugely stressful job, I am looking for any tips, tricks, etc. on preparation. I’d love to get your perspective! Thanks so much!

    1. Well hopefully more of my recipes can help! My recipes are all pretty easy to make because I have a very short attention span. I’ll try to mention more helpful prep tips in the future!

  8. Juli, just read your new post on Again Faster and had to tell you how much I loved it. It was exactly what I needed to hear today. I got chewed out by a “nutritional counselor” yesterday for eating too much fat and not tracking calories on paleo. Unsolicited advice, but it left me feeling pretty shaken. Thank you for reminding me that there are more important things than the size of my thighs or counting calories (like PRing by 40# on my clean and jerk this week!). Thank you for making me not able to wait to get back behind the barbell this weekend. Pretty much, thank you for being awesome 🙂

    1. So glad you liked it Maggie. I’m glad it came at the right time. Some nutritionists just don’t get it. And never will. But that’s ok. Your coaches do, your friends do, and YOU do. that’s all that matters. and YOU are the awesome one!

  9. PALEOMG!!
    Thank you for introducing me to dates + shallot + chicken + vinegars. I kind of stripped John’s of most of his dates, but that’s okay, he had pizza before. Super Yum.

  10. Made this last night. My husband, not a chicken fan, LoVEd it. It may br the best chicken recipe I’ve ever tasted.

  11. Well, I’m frustrated as crap. I checked on the chicken and it looked close to perfect, but I was paranoid that it wasn’t done yet, so I let it cook a little more…but I totally forgot about it while I was making the lemon waffles!!! Bye bye, delicious dates & sauce…thankfully, the chicken turned out edible. haha Anyway, I can tell it’s AWESOME, so I’m def making it again, and NOT making waffles at the same time. lol

  12. Holy Moley – that was pretty much the nicest thing I’ve ever done with a Chicken Breast. Thanks so much!

  13. I just happened to have some dates so decided to try this recipe – it was amazing!!! LOVE the flavors!! Thank you!

  14. This was amazing and stupidly simple to make. I made this AND the butternut squash pesto chix AND the banana bread French toast all in one week… My bf actually said for the first time, “you’re a great cook.” And every day at lunch when I whip out my fancy paleomg dinner leftovers, my colleagues are soooo impressed. Thanks for making me look great in front of all my friends juli!

  15. Shoving this down my gullet right now….amazing!!!!! I paired it with some riced garlic cauliflower! Super yummy dinner! My 10 year old loved it too! Bonus!

  16. This is amazing! One of the easiest things I’ve ever made, and super delicious. Definitely adding this to the regular rotation.

  17. I made this recipe for dinner tonight…it was OMG wonderful! I love dates and onions. The vinegars and rosemary smelled so good cooking…my silly vegan-ish daughter was even tempted! Her loss (and I hope she survives her dietary choices…what can ya do??)

  18. I made this last night, and subbed red wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar (I’m not sure if that’s still paleo–I was just interested in a healthy, delicious recipe.) It was AWESOME!

  19. Love this recipe! So easy to remember so I can make it anywhere. I think tonight will be the third time in a month!! Love you blog and hearing stories of Denver from my sheltered home in Boulder 🙂

  20. You did it again! Simple, gourmet and incredibly delicious! My husband and I very much enjoyed this fabulous dish. Thank you!!!

  21. You know what I did? I made this. But instead of chicken boob I used chicken legs with the skin on. And instead of baking it in the oven, I threw all of it into the crockpot on low for 8 hours. And I added some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. And then I shredded it all off the bone.

    And you know what happened after that? It tasted delicious.

    Nom nom nom nom nom

  22. I made this last night and it was delicious and so easy! I discovered that I’d run out of Balsamic vinegar so I substituted red wine vinegar and it was still awesome, I will be making this again! Thanks!

  23. You are so friggen amazing. If you need a dish to make a man fall in love with you – THIS is the recipe!!! My boyfriend was home late from work (he usually does the cooking), so I scoured your recipes for something. Came across this. We LOVE dates. And rosemary. And we have too much chicken in the fridge. And Brian loved it. He told me it is amazing and he wants it again!!!!
    Yeah! You made a terrible cook into an amazing cook. THANK YOUUUUUU

  24. My phone wouldn’t let me rate the recipe. Had to do it this AM. I also used red wine vinegar in substitute for balsamic. The chicken was sitll amazingly delicious.

  25. Just made this tonight and LOVE it! So easy to make, although my ‘sauce’ looks much more watery than yours. Maybe I used too much of one of the liquids. Either way, I had to hold myself back from eating all 4 pieces. (And expect recipe reviews from a ton more of your recipes. When I find a site I like, I tend to stick to it…for AWHILE)

  26. I made this last night–it was awesome…basically just like every other recipe you come with. I didn’t have dates in the house so I subbed in sun dried tomatoes and it was awesome! Definitely added a nice summer flair and the tomatoes had the balsamicy (yes, I just made that word) flavor. So yummy! Not sure how I lived before your blog.

  27. This has become one of our favorite go-to dishes. I’m making it right now. An extra special little touch is to pan fry the chicken in duck fat for about 5 minutes a side as the first step. It makes the skin extra crispy.

  28. Made this for dinner tonight. HUGE hit. Next time I think I’ll add more dates as they were devoured!!!! Keep em’ comin’ Juli : )

  29. Excellent recipe. It was the juiciest chicken I’ve ever baked. I had to sub red wine vinegar for the apple, but it still turned out great. Paired it with some sautéed spinach and red peppers and not only did he meal taste great, but I serve it to guests as well just based on its appearance.

  30. just stumbled across this recipe and tried it for dinner tonight…. hands down the best chicken I’ve ever had — and could not be simpler to make! my 4yr. old daughter even tried a date…she didn’t like it, but still she tried it! lol

  31. Made this for dinner tonight and hubby said it was the best chicken he ever had. I followed the directions to a T. Something amazing happens to the dates while cooking and the shallots add a mild onion flavour. I hope you are working on a cookbook because folks think I can cook because of your website recipes (we had the chili lime sweet potato wedges as a side, also yummy!)

  32. I baked the chicken with just salt and pepper and used the rest of the ingredients to make a date/shallot jam that we spooned over the chicken. Delish and quick.

  33. Great recipe! I’ve never cooked a dish with dates before, so I was pleasantly surprised. My chicken was a little thicker and had been previously frozen, so I needed closer to 40 minutes to complete, but still came out great. Also, I found I needed a 9X13 pan to fit everything well. Can’t wait to try something else on the site!

  34. Your recipes are amazing! I have tried about 5 so far and some of them have become regulars at my house. Thank you so much for posting them! Can’t wait to try this one this weekend!

  35. Just curious.. I know must cooking with EVOO is a paleo-no-no, but i see you use it in this recipe (I’ve made about a million of your recipes, so i count this as rare.. ps if it weren’t for you I would have stopped the paleo diet a long time ago). At what temperature is it still considered ok to use olive oil when cooking? obviously raw is cool, but i was just wondering at what temp you’re allowed to heat to (specifically oven-wise)? Seeing that you’re the paleo goddess and all..

  36. Juli, has anyone ever told you that you’re a paleOMGenius? I’m a new fan since my hubs started doing paleo due to cranky guts. At first I was not on board at all since the recipes I was using were totally bland. And then he found you and the clouds parted and food tasted good again. Anyway, this recipe was a big hit with us and 2/3 of our kids. (Don’t worry about the one who didn’t dig it, girlfriend is picky to the max.)Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating awesome paleo recipes. (I also lurv your journaling/stories, you have a great voice.)

  37. Made this over the weekend, and have been eating it for lunch this week. Every day it gets better and better. Super moist, tender, flavorful. Soooo good. This is going to be a weekly staple! 🙂

  38. I made this dish for my friends this Easter and everyone wanted the recipe! It was amazing! I haven’t had a chicken dish that good in a while, thank you!!

  39. People. This is ridiculous. Sooo delicious. I just paired it with a side of sautéed swish chard in coconut oil with garlic, onion and red pepper flakes. WOWOWOWOWOWOOW!! Genius.

  40. This chicken was AMAZING!! Your recipes make it so easy to eat paleo. Thank you and keep them coming! 🙂

  41. Thanks, Juli….wonderful! Made it for 30 people; everybody loved it. Baking time for boneless breasts is SOOOO critical, and you hit this one right on the mark…

  42. HI Juli,

    Recently discovered your blog and am loving all of the recipes! Do you think this dish would work with drumsticks as well? Also..thoughts on using sweet onion instead of shallots? Used my last shallot last night 🙁

    Thank you!

  43. My friend made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! She used dried rosemary instead of fresh (can’t find fresh where we live). I was surprised at how juicy and tender the boneless chicken turned out. I’m definitely saving this recipe and going to make it myself soon!

  44. Sorry if this is a silly question….The recipe calls for two large shallots. Just to be clear, the two bulbs inside the shallot “paper” are considered still one shallot, correct? Meaning I need two separate ones so that I’m working with four bulbs?

  45. This recipe is fantastic! I made this for dinner tonight except I used dried dates because I couldn’t find fresh ones. It was just as tasty. Five stars from my husband who eats anything. And FIVE stars from my super picky teenage daughter.

  46. WAHOOOOOO!!!! love love love this! couldn’t find my shallots until after I put this in the oven so substituted with plain old yellow onion. It’s my fav! Best part was how simple it was to make. THANK YOU! Even my 4 & 7 year old boys loved it!

  47. I want to marry this dish. Holy canolis, I never, ever would have thought the combo of these ingredients would be so flippin intoxicating. In fact, EVERY single recipe I have tried (in both your cookbooks) has been out of this world delish. Keep ‘Em coming and Thank You for sharing your creative kitchenry with all of us! You rock!

  48. I made this last night for my boyfriend’s family and everyone LOVED it. I had to admit it tasted wonderful. It is officially one of my favorite dishes to make. Thank you!!

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